Public Policy Forum Research

 

Sound economic development policy is critical to creating jobs, stabilizing local government budgets, and enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Public Policy Forum conducts a variety of research that is designed to inform government and community leaders about the impacts of local economic development policies and practices, as well as best practices nationally. We will continue our in-depth analysis of issues releated to workforce development, transportation, housing, land use, local government economic development policy, tax increment financing, income migration, and related issues.

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Feb, 2008
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is southeastern Wisconsin’s largest economic development tool. With 176 TIF districts and $8.4 billion in property value, the collective tax base devoted to TIF districts in our region ranks behind only the city of...
Nov, 2007
From 2001 to 2006, households moving out of the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin region took with them $1.3 billion more in personal income than those moving into the region brought with them. This five-year loss represents a fraction (3%) of the...
Nov, 2006
The city of Milwaukee once was – and potentially still is – an economic powerhouse, the financial heart of our region, the driver of the entire state of Wisconsin, and one of the great engines of growth and prosperity in the Midwest. To develop this...
Nov, 2006
The city of Milwaukee once was – and potentially still is – an economic powerhouse, the financial heart of our region, the driver of the entire state of Wisconsin, and one of the great engines of growth and prosperity in the Midwest. To develop this...
Oct, 2006
Public schools can be considered a form of workforce development, and thus it is important to measure the “work product” of the schools. To do that, the Forum’s annual analysis of public schools in the 50 districts serving southeastern Wisconsin...
Jun, 2006
A solid transportation infrastructure is critical to the economic competitiveness of a regional economy. Highway and rail projects result in the more efficient movement of people and goods and can lead the way to millions of dollars in new private...

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